Google continues to enhance user experience by adding the capability to summarize lengthy articles with its Search Generative Experience (SGE). This feature provides users with an AI-generated list of key points covered in an article, facilitating quicker access to essential information.
According to Google, this new addition aims to enable users to “more deeply engage with long-form content from publishers and creators.”
The feature can be particularly helpful for learning new subjects, locating recipes, or researching significant purchases.
Users can easily tap on the AI-generated key points to jump directly to the relevant sections within an article, a process Google believes will revolutionize how people interact with web content.
The company noted, however, that this SGE feature will only apply to freely accessible online articles, not those hidden behind paywalls.
SGE while browsing is available to users who have opted into the SGE through search labs and is also accessible as a standalone experiment via the Google app on Android and iOS. Chrome desktop integration is expected in the coming weeks.
For those unfamiliar with SGE, it was first announced at Google’s I/O conference earlier this year.
It includes generative AI technology to present search results in an easier-to-read format, distinguishing itself from other AI products like the Bard AI chatbot. Currently, SGE is limited to select individuals in the US and is available only in English.
Google’s emphasis on generative AI continues to grow, with recent updates including features such as color-coded segments of code in overviews to aid developers, and pop-up definitions on search result pages to offer contextual information.
The company plans to continue testing new features in Google Labs, including upcoming enhancements to help users better grasp various subjects.
The introduction of the ability to summarize longer articles aligns with Google’s broader strategy to make AI-generated overviews more user-friendly. With this new tool, readers can more easily navigate complex subjects or verify information’s accuracy.
The ongoing updates to SGE reflect Google’s commitment to enhancing user engagement with web content for general users and specific professional fields like coding.
Google’s innovative steps in AI-driven search functionality affirm its position at the forefront of technology.
The search giant promises more enhancements and novel features in the future, emphasizing its relentless pursuit of excellence in user experience.